Frontier IP Group - Fieldwork Robotics completes initial field trials
Portfolio news - Fieldwork Robotics completes initial field trials of raspberry harvesting robot system
Data from the trials will be used to refine and improve the prototype system before further field trials are held later this year. If the trials are successful, then manufacturing of a commercial system is expected to begin in 2020.
The trials were held in
The move follows
Fieldwork is focused initially on raspberries because they are hard to pick. They are more delicate, more easily damaged than other soft fruits, and grow on bushes with complex foliage and berry distribution. Once the system is proved to work with raspberries, then it can be adapted readily for other soft fruits and vegetables.
Farmers around the world are increasingly interested in robot technology to address the long-term structural decline in labour. Fieldwork is developing proof-of-concept robots for other crops following interest from leading agribusinesses.
To support further development of its flexible and adaptable robotics technology, Fieldwork Robotics is expected to seek further funding from institutional and private investors during 2019.
"At HHP we foresee that the direct application of robotics platforms for harvest and husbandry activities, combined with the spin-off benefits of additional data collection and microanalysis they make possible will play a significant role in increasing product quality, productivity and yields in the near to medium term."
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